How to Qualify

Qualifying for the Championships differs based on the division in which you want to qualify. However, all entrants must pre-enter the competition with a nonrefundable $50 application fee by September 13.

Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. If by mail, entries must be postmarked before midnight EST on the date shown above. Should an entry bear both a postage meter date and postmark by the Post Office Department, the Post Office date will be considered the effective date of mailing. Should an entry bear a postage meter date and no Post Office Department postmark, the metered date shall be valid only if received within seven days of the date shown. Entries sent via courier service must be entered into the courier’s system by the courier’s representative before midnight on the date shown above to be considered on time. A date and/or time entered on the waybill by the sender is not considered the official date/time of sending. Dropping the entries into a courier pickup box does not constitute “postmark” until entered into the courier’s system by their representative. Late entries (after closing date) will be accepted. However, all late entries will be placed to bottom of the wait list regardless of points, and will not be considered until all on time entries have been exhausted, regardless of zone.

USHJA National Championship Qualifying List

Qualifying lists will be made available after entries close September 13. Note that qualifying lists are based on points earned from competitions with a start date from December 1, 2018, to September 13, 2019.

Because the USHJA uses USEF point totals for the qualifying period, we urge you to send your entries early. Please ensure that your points are correct with USEF. There is no need to send lists unless there is a pending discrepancy with USEF. All point discrepancies between your total and USEF total will be resolved through USEF before acceptances are issued. Do not send USEF printouts.

Qualifying for the USHJA National Hunter Championships

  • Twenty (20) horses will be accepted per section (except 3’6” Junior Hunters which will be 15 horses per section) as follows:
    • Top two entered horses for each Zone (ranked in the top 10), based on points accumulated during the qualifying period from Dec. 1, 2018, to Sept. 13, 2019) will be accepted.
    • If either of the top two entered horses for a zone decline, entries will be accepted by working down the zone’s qualifying list through 10th. Ties will be broken by entry postmark date.
    • If there are not enough entries through the zone qualifying process, entered horses will be accepted by total highest national points accumulated during the qualifying period regardless of zone. If a section doesn’t have a national standings list, the zone points will be compiled into a nationally ranked list.
  • Horses must have won a minimum of .5 Zone/National points during the qualifying period.
  • National Hunter Derby
    • No qualifying procedures
    • Class will be filled first come, first served basis upto 40 horses
    • Maximum 3 horses per rider allowed
  • USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake 3’/3’3” & 3’6”/3’9”
    • Class will be filled first come, first served basis up to 40 horses

Qualifying for the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships

Eligibility Requirements

  1. 1. A horse is eligible to compete in only one jumper height section at the USHJA National Championship.
  2. 2. Athletes may compete in multiple height sections for which they are eligible.
  3. 3. Foreign athletes may compete in the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships provided they are domiciled in the United States.
  4. 4. Athletes competing in the 1.00m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.15m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championships.
  5. 5. Athletes competing in the 1.10/1.15m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.25m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championships.
  6. 6. Athletes competing in the 1.20/1.25m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.35m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championship.
  7. 7. Athlete/Horse combinations competing in the 1.30/1.35m section may not have competed in a class with fence heights over 1.45m within the current qualifying period through the conclusion of the USHJA National Championships.

Substitutions:
For sections based on athlete/horse combination qualification: If a horse is unable to compete, the athlete may substitute another horse only if the substitute horse is eligible to compete in the respective section and has earned points/money equal to or more than the last placed horse on the standings list cutoff.

1.10m/1.15m Children’s and Adult, 1.20m/1.25m Junior/Amateur, 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumper Sections

  1. 1. An athlete may only compete on one horse per height section.
  2. 2. Athletes wishing to be considered for qualification to the USEF/USHJA National Jumper Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by September 13, 2019 regardless of their qualification status.
  3. 3. Thirty (30) athletes will be accepted per section, using the qualification methods outlined below:
    1. a. The Individual Medalists (gold, silver, bronze) from each section of the Zone Jumper Team Championships will be accepted for the section in which they are a medalist. (For any Zone Jumper Team Championships held after the USHJA National Championship declaration deadline, please see Number 4 below).
    2. b. One athlete from each zone will be accepted from the USHJA Zone (HOTY) Standings List. Athletes must be within the top ten (10) on their USHJA Zone (HOTY) Standings list to be considered.
    3. c. Remaining athletes will be accepted by total highest national points. Qualifying lists are based on points/money won from December 1, 2018 through September 13, 2019.
    4. d. For sections based on athlete only qualification; athletes must have earned minimum of 20 points/money won in their respective section to be eligible. For sections based on athlete/horse combination qualification (1.30/1.35m); the athlete/horse combination must have earned a minimum of 20 points/money won in their respective section to be eligible.
  4. 4. Qualification for athletes whose Zone Jumper Team Championships are held after the National Championship Application Deadline
    1. a. Any rider wishing to be considered for the USHJA National Championship must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by September 13, 2019 regardless of their qualification status.
    2. b. From the Zone Jumper Team Championships the top three Overall Individual athletes (gold, silver, bronze) in each section will be accepted and must compete in the same section at the USHJA National Championship.
    3. c. If there are no declarations from athletes finishing first, second, or third (gold, silver, or bronze) in each section in the Overall Individual competitions of the Zone Jumper Team Championships, the next highest placed Overall Individual athlete through tenth (10th) place who is properly declared will be accepted. A maximum of three (3) declared athletes will be accepted.
    4. d. For Zone Jumper Team Championships held after the National Championship application deadline, the Zone Standings List will not be utilized.
    5. e. Eligible athletes must declare their intent to compete in the National Championship to the USHJA Representative on site, no more than one hour after the conclusion of their section’s Individual Final.

Qualifying for the Open 1.20m, 1.30m, 1.40m Jumper Sections

  1. 1. Thirty (30) athletes will be accepted per section.
  2. 2. Athletes wishing to be considered for qualification to the USHJA National Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by September 13, 2019 regardless of their qualification status.
  3. 3. If there are fifteen (15) athletes or fewer entered in a given section by the application deadline, each athlete may ride a maximum of two horses. (Maximum 30 entries) Horses must have a minimum of 250 points/money won on the National List to be eligible to compete.
  4. 4. Qualification for 1.20m and 1.30 Open Jumper Sections:
    1. a. The top three athletes from the 1.20m and 1.30m Zone (HOTY) Standings Lists through tenth (10th) will be accepted.
    2. b. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone (HOTY) Standings List, athletes will be accepted by the total money won accrued during the qualifying period from the National List regardless of Zone.
  5. 5. The qualifying period for the Zone (HOTY) Standings List and National list. List is December 1, 2018 through September 13, 2019.
  6. 6. Money won by an athlete in Five-Year-Old jumper classes held with fence heights at 1.20m will count toward the 1.20m Open Jumper Standings Lists. Money won by an athlete in Six-Year-Old jumper classes held with fence heights at 1.30m will count toward the 1.30m Open Jumper Standings Lists. Money won by an athlete in Seven-Year-Old jumper classes with fence heights held at 1.30m or 1.35m will count toward the 1.30m Open Jumper Standings Lists.
  7. 7. Qualification for the 1.40m Open Jumper Section:
    1. a. The Individual Medalists (gold, silver, bronze) from the Platinum Jumper Championships will be accepted into the 1.40m Open Jumper section.
    2. b. If there are fewer than three entries from the Individual Medalists, the remaining athletes will be accepted from the USHJA Show Jumping Rider Ranking List. Athletes must have a minimum of 250 points/money won to be eligible.
    3. c. Qualifying lists are based on money won/points from December 1, 2018 through September 13, 2019.
    4. d. Qualification for athletes whose Platinum Jumper Championships take place after the National Championship Application Deadline:
      1. i. Any rider wishing to be considered for the USHJA National Championship must declare their intent by pre-entering with a $50 application fee by normal/regular stated deadlines.
      2. ii. From the Platinum Jumper Championships, the top three Overall Individual athletes (gold, silver, bronze) in each section will be accepted into the 1.40m Open Jumper section at the USHJA National Championship.
      3. iii. If there are no declarations from athletes finishing first, second, or third (gold, silver, or bronze) in the Overall Individual competitions of the Platinum Jumper Championships, the next highest placed Overall Individual athlete through tenth (10th) place who is properly declared will be accepted. A maximum of three (3) declared athletes will be accepted.
      4. iv. Platinum Jumper Championships held after National Championship application deadline, the Zone HOTY Standings List, will not be utilized.
      5. v. Eligible athletes must declare their intent to compete in the National Championship to the USHJA Representative on site, no more than one hour after the conclusion of their section’s Individual Final.

Qualifying for the 1.00m (Low Children’s and Low Adults) Jumper Sections

  1. 1. Thirty (30) athletes will be accepted per section.
  2. 2. Athletes wishing to be considered for qualification to the USHJA National Championships must pre-enter with a $50 application fee to declare their intent to compete by September 13, 2019 regardless of their qualification status.
  3. 3. Athletes must have a minimum of 20 points on the National List to be eligible to compete.
  4. 4. Qualification for 1.00m (Low Children’s and Low Adults):
    1. a. The top three athletes from the Low Children’s and Low Adults Zone (HOTY) Standings Lists through tenth (10th) will be accepted.
    2. b. If there are fewer than three entries from the Zone (HOTY) Standings List, athletes will be accepted by points accrued during the qualifying period from the National List regardless of Zone.
  5. 5.The qualifying period for the Zone (HOTY) Standings List and National List is December 1, 2018 through September 13, 2019.

Qualifing for the USHJA National Equitation Championships

  • No qualifying procedures
  • Sections will be filled first come, first served up to 25 riders per section.
  • Jumping Seat Medal class will be filled first come, first served up to 50 riders.
  • Hunter Seat Medal class will be filled first come, first served up to 50 riders.

Qualifying for the USHJA Affiliate Championships

  • Each USHJA Affiliate Member Organization may recommend three horse and rider combinations per section in order of preference with one horse and rider combination per affiliate per section guaranteed acceptance. A second or third horse will be accepted from each affiliate per section as space allows. Each Affiliate will choose their own procedures to qualify the entrants they deem are most qualified to compete and represent their affiliate at the National Championships. Click here to view current USHJA Affiliate Member Organizations.
    • Horses do not have to be registered with USHJA.
    • Riders may only be Juniors or Amateurs as defined under USEF rules.
    • Riders do not have to be members of USHJA to participate in these sections. Riders will be limited to two horses per section if second horse is allowed. Nonmember exhibitors in these sections will not be required to pay a separate show pass fee.
  • The deadline for affiliate organization entries is September 13.
  • Horse and rider combinations selected by an association will need to submit an entry, and submit a letter from their association which names the horse and rider combination, the section (2' and 2'6" Hunter Sections) in which they have been recommended to compete, and the order of preference (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in which the association has selected them.
  • As Affiliates decline and as space permits, open 2’ and 2’6” Hunter sections will be offered in addition to the Affiliate Championships.
  • To be judged on performance, soundness and way of going.
  • The USHJA Affiliate 2’ & 2’6” hunter sections will take the top 20 affiliate recommended horse and rider combinations.

View the full specifications for the USHJA National Championships